Luton v Cheltenham Betting Tips: Hatters to prove too good on home soil

19:45/Jan 31

Ahead of Tuesday’s domestic action, sports betting writer Bradley Gibbs takes a look at the League Two fixture between Luton and Cheltenham. 

Promotion-chasing Luton find themselves presented with another big opportunity to continue their good form on Tuesday as they play host to a struggling Cheltenham side at Kenilworth Road.

Nathan Jones’ Luton side have acquitted themselves very well in League Two this season, they’re leading the play-off pack and are just four points off that third and final automatic promotion spot. Against a Cheltenham side who’re battling against the drop, the hosts are fancied to gain another positive result.

There are two selections that catch the eye ahead of this fixture and these are: ‘Luton to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ and ‘Luton to Win & Over 1.5 Goals’, at odds of 21/20 and 13/10 respectively.

Although a lot of Luton’s good work this season has come on the road, they’ve still fared well at home, securing a number of impressive victories against some of the divisions better teams in recent weeks. Jones’ men come into this fixture having won each of their last three on home soil, scoring nine goals and conceding just one in the process.

Scoring goals on the whole has rarely been a problem for Luton this season (39 goals scored in 27 league matches), while they also boast the best defensive record in the entire division – a fact that doesn’t exactly bode well for a visiting team who’ve scored just once in their last three matches.

Many teams in the Football League tend to either both score and conceded a vast amount or keep the goals at both ends down to a minimum, but Nathan Jones and his team have seemingly found an effective balance and are reaping the rewards at both ends.

In scoring 21 goals at home, The Hatters have found the net at least twice on six occasions. There was a time where it looked as though the goals might be drying up in front of a home crowd, although any such notions have been put to bed recently with Luton finding the back of the net at least twice in each of their last three at Kenilworth Road.

Gary Johnson’s Cheltenham excelled in the National League last season and it was thought that, with an experienced Football League man at the helm, maybe they could continue to do well upon their return to the professional game. However, as they sit above the drop-zone on goal-difference only, it’s fair to say that they’ve struggled to get going in League Two. The Robins aren’t exactly the sort of team who’re constantly getting rolled over every week, but they’re struggling to pick up results, especially on the road. Considering they face a Luton side who’re likely to be brimming with confidence, it’s certainly not hard to envisage this being another disappointing outing for Johnson and his squad.

Having won just twice on their travels (both times against teams in the bottom half), Cheltenham have struggled to stop teams scoring – even if their tally of 18 conceded isn’t the worst – and have kept just two clean sheets in 12 attempts. On top of this, they’ve conceded at least two goals in all five of their defeats. The visitors might have kept a clean sheet against Crewe (the lowest scoring team in the league) in their latest away match, but punters shouldn’t read too much into this as even then they struggled to create much going forward and will be in for a much tougher test here against a Luton team who’ve been coming on strong in recent weeks.

Ultimately, this is a big chance for Luton to continue their promotion push in front of a home crowd and they’re certainly worth backing to come out on top in relatively convincing fashion.

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